Saturday, July 17, 2010
I'm a Mean Person
I'm sure that at some point in near future, I'll have the equanimity to coherently discuss everything that went wrong with Christopher Nolan's trainwreck of a blockbuster Inception, but with my ass still numb and my eyes still stuck in "roll," all I can think of is how many similar movies I would rather have spent those 2 1/2 hours on. So, save your $10, Torrent these.
eXistenZ -- A delirious dream-within-dream-within-dream by a director (David Cronenberg) who has the good sense to cap the whole affair at 90 minutes.
Raising Cain -- An insanely fun dream-within-dream-within-dream that gleefully wrecks its own fragile coherence rather than tortuously maintaining it.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus -- An equally convoluted dreamscape, just as devoid of intelligence, emotion, and genuine philosophy, but by a director (Terry Gilliam) who still innately understands visual fantasy.
demonlover -- A surreal techno-capitalist heist with some freaking context.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -- Tortured romance and breathtaking low-fi-sci-fi interwoven properly, rather than the former awkwardly shoehorned into the latter.
Synechdoche, New York -- A megalomaniac shell game, but one whose frustrated, ambitious heart actually makes you care.
Catch Me If You Can -- An actually relevant opening flash-forward to a disoriented Leo being dragged places.
Batman Begins -- A halfway watchable Nolan-directed vehicle for Cillian Murphy's eyes and Michael Caine's accent.
Inland Empire -- A legitimately experimental work in which surrender to the moment at expense of the infrastructure is the point, rather than a frustrated capitulation.
Shutter Island -- A marginally more tolerable ludicrously extended third-act flashback about Leo, his dead wife, and their adorable moppets.
The Matrix Reloaded -- A better movie.